Kaizen or continous improvement is one of my principles of life. I came across this article from Hacker News and I thought there are some great points in it relating to Kaizen. TIL: I never heard of Paul Buchheit nor did I know that he is the Gmail creator.
Work on different level of abstraction
Computer science is almost unlike any other engineering discipline because we routinely work at many different layers of abstraction. Someone who is only able to operate at one level is not going to be effective because often any given problem will be at a different level of abstraction from the last. Great engineers understand computers all the way from the silicon up through the different layers and protocols and systems.
Showing up is the secret to getting good
Doing it. Showing up seems to be the secret to getting good at most things. I programmed when I was in high school, and it was all I did because I didn’t have anything else going on—fortunately. Programming was my hobby, and I always had some project I was trying to implement. I think there’s no substitute for doing a lot of programming because you just can’t get really good in a short amount of time. It certainly took me years before I would say I was any good.
I am still long way from being a great engineer and I will show up :)